By AMANDA MARTINEZ
The Mission District stirred with the sound of police sirens at 2:00 p.m. Friday when at least 13 cop cars chased two men suspected of robbing car parts from a BMW on the 400 block of Capp St. A resident called 911 to alert police. It appears that a the chase also involved a hit and run, but this could not be confirmed.
The suspects fled by car towards Cesar Chavez Street. Police, sirens wailing converged on the suspects from all directions. As they sped east and then south, the suspects threw the the stolen items out of the car and through the back window of a Volvo parked on 20th Street near Shotwell.
The parts included a catalytic converter, which is worth as much as $500, according to autopartswarehouse.com.
The owner of the Volvo, notified by police, walked down from his apartment on Folsom, and stood in front of his car looking at the smashed window, too upset to talk. Nearby, two police took photos. One of them had jumped on her bike and come from the Mission District stations when she heard all of the calls. ” A police officer may be injured,” she said.
Likely related was a hit and run that occurred just after 2:00 p.m on Folsom and 25th Street. Two victims suffered non-serious injures and took themselves to General Hospital.
Police caught up wth the suspects at Cesar Chavez and Alabama and escorted them to the Mission District Police Station. Police Captain Tacchini was on the scene and unavailable for comment.